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Lee, Mi Yeon; Francis, Dionne Cross – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Children's literature can provide useful contexts for teaching mathematics. In this article, the authors discuss the use of the children's book "Measuring Penny" (Leedy 1997) to support Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010) related to length measurement. The authors first describe three types of misconceptions…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods

Buchheister, Kelley; Jackson, Christa; Taylor, Cynthia E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Equitable instruction is reflected in how students are positioned in the classroom and how their identities evolve through purposeful interactions that value and recognize the intellectual capacity of each student. In this article, the authors describe how a kindergarten teacher planned and facilitated a geometry lesson that attended to the…

Descriptors: Equal Education, Classroom Environment, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers

Bertolone-Smith, Claudia M.; Gillette-Koyen, Linda – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

The first author's initial attempts at a whole-class mathematics discussion were woefully dysfunctional. Ten second graders showing their answers to a missing addend question about the number of children left riding a school bus did not result in the mathematical epiphany that the textbook promised. She did not give up on using mathematical…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Classroom Communication

Rumsey, Chepina; Guarino, Jody; Gildea, Rachael; Cho, Christina Y.; Lockhart, Bethany – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Early career K-grade 2 teachers in a yearlong project explored discourse and mathematical argumentation through monthly professional development (PD) sessions. The goal of the project was to develop an understanding of the types of K-grade 2 tasks that promote argumentation, the types of discourse and argumentation that K-grade 2 students engage…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Primary Education, Elementary School Mathematics

Wood, Marcy B.; Sheldon, James; Felton-Koestler, Mathew D.; Oslund, Joy; Parks, Amy Noelle; Crespo, Sandra; Featherstone, Helen – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Thinking about students in terms of participation instead of "high" or "low" achievers is more than replacing one term with another; it encourages us to shift our focus to student activity as well as barriers to and supports for productive activity. It encourages us to create classroom spaces that draw on student strengths and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Equal Education, Classroom Environment, Student Centered Learning

Skinner, Abbe; Louie, Nicole; Baldinger, Evra M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

One of the most important jobs mathematics teachers have is supporting students and helping them to develop confidence in their own capabilities as mathematical thinkers. Children who do not believe in themselves are unlikely to share their ideas, persevere through challenges, or take risks that lead to new insights. Yet many students have no…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship

Bray, Wendy S.; Johnson, Jillian D.; Rivera, Nancy; Fink, Lee-Ann; Bauduin, Charity; Schoen, Robert C. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

As part of the Foundations for Success in STEM project at Florida State University, more than thirty teams of teachers have used the Formative Assessment Collaborative Team (FACT) meeting model to work together toward better understanding of their students' mathematical thinking and its implications for instruction. This article provides a brief…

Descriptors: Teamwork, Teacher Collaboration, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Attitudes

Ebby, Caroline B.; Hulbert, Elizabeth T.; Fletcher, Nicole – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Assessing student learning traditionally involves determining whether students can solve a certain percentage of problems correctly, under the assumption that this achievement indicates they have the knowledge and understanding they need to progress to new topics. This article explores what teachers can learn from looking closely at student…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Mathematical Logic, Learning Processes

Trueman, Jennifer – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Mistakes are a window into students' mathematical understanding. Taking the time to analyze mistakes can inform you of where students are in their thinking. They can also guide you with respect to how to proceed with instruction. Introduced here are two categories of mistakes: meaty mistakes and minor mistakes. Meaty mistakes demonstrate gaps in…

Descriptors: Error Patterns, Error Correction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Instruction

Joswick, Candace; Clements, Douglas H.; Sarama, Julie; Banse, Holland W.; Day-Hess, Crystal A. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

The teacher displayed counting cards that included both dots and numerals in order from one to five, as she counted them with her students. She then turned the cards facedown, keeping them in order, and began an identify-a-hidden-card activity with the class. This class was engaged in the third of three card activities that develop number sense…

Descriptors: Mathematics Activities, Instructional Materials, Mathematics Instruction, Executive Function

Karp, Karen S.; Bush, Sarah B.; Dougherty, Barbara J. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Word problems are an essential component of providing a context for computation but are also recognized as an enduring struggle for students. Students are challenged to solve these story-based problems, often resorting to trial and error. This article presents meaningful alternative approaches to helping students make sense of word problems.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Word Problems (Mathematics), Problem Solving

Roller, Sarah A.; Cunningham, Elizabeth P.; Marin, Katherine Ariemma – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Photographs offer teachers a way to collect and explore student work that might other wise go unnoticed or minimally examined. A teacher might use photographs to analyze students' strategies and work to promote future instructional practices that result in higher student achievement. As a tool, photographs document student understanding and…

Descriptors: Photography, Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Data Collection

Livers, Stefanie D.; Harbour, Kristin E.; Fowler, Lindsey – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

In this article, Lindsey Fowler describes how an animal rhyme--that she shared with her fifth-grade students with the intention of assisting them with the concept of metric conversions--made fostering the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) more difficult. The addition of animals, which added an extraneous element that students mistakenly…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Grade 5, Metric System, Mathematical Concepts

Suh, Jennifer; Birkhead, Sara; Farmer, Rachelle Romero; Galanti, Terrie; Nietert, Alexandrea; Bauer, Tyler; Seshaiyer, Padmanabhan – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

The sandwich problem described in this article would likely be considered more appropriate for third grade or above. However, as members of the research team for a lesson study involving teachers from kindergarten through fourth grade, the authors saw kindergarten students rise to the challenge. The authors invite readers to review two scenarios,…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Kindergarten, Young Children, Mathematics Instruction

Tamargo, Vi; Johnston, Tod – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

The right types of technology can create new opportunities for students to demonstrate mathematical understandings and can strengthen existing formative assessment practices. The authors write that they frequently use the Math Learning Center apps--covering the range of manipulatives and models--to empower students to explain their thinking. The…

Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 2, Elementary School Students